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Over-taxation in automotive market will undermine BEV adoption in South Africa
17th July 2024 By: Darren Parker

South Africa’s automative market is going to struggle to transition to battery electric vehicles (BEVs), specifically because of the country’s “peculiar” automotive market structure, which Toyota... 


Localisation to be used to create early-stage demand in targeted sectors - Tau
16th July 2024 By: Terence Creamer

While proclaiming industrial policy to be the “centre piece” of the government of national unity’s economic development strategy, new Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Parks Tau indicated he... 


New traffic enforcement shift system coming in 2025 – Hlengwa
15th July 2024

Deputy Transport Minister Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the department aims to “speed up the resolution of all issues” that have delayed the implementation of visible traffic policing on a 24-hour,... 


‘Unconscionable’ to return money to Treasury instead of fixing potholes – Creecy
15th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Transport Minister Barbara Creecy says “immediate attention” will be given to the “critical issue” of the underspending of funding allocated to road maintenance and road construction by both... 


CE marked washer range offered by distributor
12th July 2024

The Swedish wedge-locking solutions manufacturer Nord-Lock range of securing washers, distributed and supported by industrial equipment supplier BMG, is reportedly the only brand on the market that... 


Global EV sales growth continues, but significant slowdown in some markets – BloombergNEF
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) markets around the world are not all travelling in the same direction, or at the same speed, in 2024, says research group BloombergNEF (BNEF) in its newest EV Outlook Report.... 


June new-vehicle sales 14% lower year-on-year as affordability woes bite
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in South Africa dropped by 14% in June, to 40 072 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 26 928 units last month – a decline of 9%... 


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Components & Aftermarket

EV charging points to grow by 194% as governments switch focus to infrastructure
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the total number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points globally will grow by 194% to 64-million over the next five years, up from 21.8-million... 


Lexus, Mini, Toyota, Suzuki and Hino take platinum in Dealer Satisfaction Index
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Lexus, Mini, Toyota and Suzuki have all taken top honours in this year’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) awards for passenger cars and light... 


Ford celebrates one-millionth Ranger, says PHEV production to start before year-end
5th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa (SA) has celebrated the assembly of the one-millionth Ranger at its Silverton plant in Pretoria. While the first million bakkies took 24 years, the second million is set to happen... 


Egypt woos Volkswagen with body shop, assembly-line deal
2nd July 2024 By: Irma Venter

In a new strategic cooperation agreement, Volkswagen Group Africa (VWA) and the government of Egypt will conduct a feasibility study on the construction of a body shop and assembly buildings, which... 


Mercedes-Benz SA considers cutting 700 jobs on back of struggling economy, ports
28th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) says it will move from three shifts a day at its East London plant to two shifts, in a move that could potentially cut 700 jobs. MBSA produces the C-Class for the... 


Tribunal approves Bidshelf 93’s acquisition of Dekra Automotive
27th June 2024 By: Schalk Burger

The Competition Tribunal has approved the intended transaction in which heavy and light vehicle sales company Bidshelf 93 will acquire vehicle testing, inspection and certification company Dekra... 


Half of China’s NEV brands likely to fail; exports set for steep growth
26th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

More than 130 brands are currently competing in China’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) market, says GlobalData Automotive Division China operations manager John Zeng. Three brands, however, dominate the... 


New Technology

EV charging points to grow by 194% as governments switch focus to infrastructure
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

A new study from Juniper Research has found that the total number of electric vehicle (EV) charging points globally will grow by 194% to 64-million over the next five years, up from 21.8-million... 


Lexus, Mini, Toyota, Suzuki and Hino take platinum in Dealer Satisfaction Index
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Lexus, Mini, Toyota and Suzuki have all taken top honours in this year’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) awards for passenger cars and light... 


Ford celebrates one-millionth Ranger, says PHEV production to start before year-end
5th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa (SA) has celebrated the assembly of the one-millionth Ranger at its Silverton plant in Pretoria. While the first million bakkies took 24 years, the second million is set to happen... 


Half of China’s NEV brands likely to fail; exports set for steep growth
26th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

More than 130 brands are currently competing in China’s new-energy vehicle (NEV) market, says GlobalData Automotive Division China operations manager John Zeng. Three brands, however, dominate the... 


‘Second wave’ of Operation Vulindlela set to prioritise ‘green and digital’ growth
25th June 2024 By: Terence Creamer

The ‘second wave’ of government’s Operation Vulindlela initiative is poised to be widened to include additional structural reforms to those that have been pursued to date in electricity, freight... 


Ford celebrates 1m Rangers; looks to PHEV production start before year-end
25th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Ford South Africa (SA) has celebrated the assembly of the one-millionth Ranger at its Silverton plant in Pretoria. While the first million bakkies has taken 24 years, the second million is set to... 


Global EV sales growth continues, but significant slowdown in some markets – BloombergNEF
24th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) markets around the world are not all travelling in the same direction, or at the same speed, in 2024, says research group BloombergNEF (BNEF) in its newest EV Outlook Report.... 


Passenger Cars, Bakkies & Vans

New traffic enforcement shift system coming in 2025 – Hlengwa
15th July 2024

Deputy Transport Minister Mkhuleko Hlengwa says the department aims to “speed up the resolution of all issues” that have delayed the implementation of visible traffic policing on a 24-hour,... 


‘Unconscionable’ to return money to Treasury instead of fixing potholes – Creecy
15th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Transport Minister Barbara Creecy says “immediate attention” will be given to the “critical issue” of the underspending of funding allocated to road maintenance and road construction by both... 


Global EV sales growth continues, but significant slowdown in some markets – BloombergNEF
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) markets around the world are not all travelling in the same direction, or at the same speed, in 2024, says research group BloombergNEF (BNEF) in its newest EV Outlook Report.... 


June new-vehicle sales 14% lower year-on-year as affordability woes bite
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in South Africa dropped by 14% in June, to 40 072 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 26 928 units last month – a decline of 9%... 


Audi SA adds six rapid public chargers to its network
10th July 2024

Audi and partner Rubicon have added six 150 kW DC rapid public chargers for electric vehicles (EVs) at locations across South Africa. The new chargers will be located along the N1, N2 and N3... 


Lexus, Mini, Toyota, Suzuki and Hino take platinum in Dealer Satisfaction Index
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Lexus, Mini, Toyota and Suzuki have all taken top honours in this year’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) awards for passenger cars and light... 


Hyundai targets return to fourth spot in sales chart
8th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Hyundai has set itself the goal to return to fourth position (in terms of market share) in the combined passenger and light commercial vehicle market, says Hyundai Automotive South Africa (Hyundai... 


Truck & Bus

Global EV sales growth continues, but significant slowdown in some markets – BloombergNEF
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Electric vehicle (EV) markets around the world are not all travelling in the same direction, or at the same speed, in 2024, says research group BloombergNEF (BNEF) in its newest EV Outlook Report.... 


June new-vehicle sales 14% lower year-on-year as affordability woes bite
12th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in South Africa dropped by 14% in June, to 40 072 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 26 928 units last month – a decline of 9%... 


Lexus, Mini, Toyota, Suzuki and Hino take platinum in Dealer Satisfaction Index
9th July 2024 By: Irma Venter

Lexus, Mini, Toyota and Suzuki have all taken top honours in this year’s National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA) Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI) awards for passenger cars and light... 


Germany launches electric truck charging network to decarbonise transport
3rd July 2024 By: Reuters

The German government on Wednesday launched a project to build up a nationwide fast-charging network for heavy duty vehicles as Berlin aims to decarbonize the transport sector by 2045. Greenhouse... 


Auto market awaits return of consumer confidence, political clarity – TransUnion
3rd July 2024 By: Irma Venter

The South African automotive sector continues to grapple with significant macroeconomic challenges, says TransUnion Africa CEO Lee Naik. Persistently high interest rates and negative economic... 


Sales drop 14% in June as new vehicles become increasingly unaffordable
2nd July 2024 By: Irma Venter

New-vehicle sales in South Africa dropped by 14%, to 40 072 units, compared with the same month last year. The new-passenger-car market reached 26 928 units last month – a decline of 9% over June... 


Daimler Truck Southern Africa appoints new sales and marketing VP
27th June 2024 By: Irma Venter

Olaf Petersen has joined Daimler Truck Southern Africa (DTSA) as its new sales and marketing VP, effective July 1. Petersen will be responsible for the new-vehicle sales portfolio for Mercedes-Benz... 


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